Prune trees to ensure safety


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  • Monday, 09 Feb 2015

Posing a risk: Road directional sign covered by foliage along a highway. — filepic

I HAVE on several occasions drawn the attention of the relevant authorities to frequent complaints by motorists on the difficulties they encounter when looking for road directions.

The difficulty mainly stems from signage being partially or fully concealed by tree branch or foliage, causing great inconvenience and even danger to motorists.

This is a problem not only confined to the Klang Valley but prevalent all over the country. In the course of my travels to various states, it is a common sight to see road directional signage located by the side of highways, federal, state and even municipal roads partially or fully covered by tree leaves and branches.

What baffles me and the public is that the authorities concerned are totally indifferent to the problem and motorists continue to suffer such inconvenience.

The question I wish to pose here is why no one in authority bothers to do anything about it when the public have to put themselves in danger daily?

Why put up a road directional signage when it can hardly be seen by road users?

I hope the Public Works Department, Malaysian Highway Authority, as well as the state and municipal authorities will act on this issue.

To me it is a question of maintenance, where the relevant authorities should do regular tree-pruning to eliminate the problem.

The impression I get after having pointed out the problem several times, is that no one wants to take responsibility or they simply do not care.

I call on the Chief Secretary to the Government to intervene and do something in the interest of road users and their safety.

If such a simple task of providing for public convenience and safety in the area of tree maintenance cannot be attended to, I am not at all surprised by the many revelations as contained in the 2014 Auditor-General Report pertaining to inefficiency and poor maintenance.

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye

Chairman

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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